TALLAHASSEE -- School boards across Florida are asking the Supreme Court to review an appeals panel's ruling that local districts helping to fund charter schools in their areas does not violate the state constitution.
WEST PALM BEACH — Florida's District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District has ordered a new trial and ruled that a trial court erred when it instructed jurors that a plaintiff's .23 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was not a factor in a bicycle accident and allowed the testimony of an accident reconstruction expert who attested to that fact.
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida appeals court has ruled a trial court erred in its decision to dismiss a slip and fall suit against Applebee's because the plaintiff's amended complaint, which contained a new cause of action, was filed past the four-year statute of limitations.
PALM BEACH — The Florida District Court of Appeal Fourth District struck down a New York law firm's claim that a trial court should have awarded it a more than $4 million contingency fee in a tobacco litigation case rather than the $93,000 in fees based on quantum meruit.
The state director of the Florida National Federation of Independent Business cautioned Floridians about what he fears could be the influx of unnecessary litigation, namely a bill which could benefit trial lawyers, according to the September 2019 Scorecard.
LAKELAND — A widow suing Naples Community Hospital (NCH) on behalf of the estate of her deceased husband over alleged medical malpractice, has successfully had the final judgment in favor of the hospital overturned due to her meeting requirements for a new trial.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida's First District Court of Appeal has upheld a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's interpretation of what constitutes an "eligible facility" under the state's "slot machines" statue as it relates to Calder Race Course in Miami-Dade County using its slot machine permit through its jai alai or thoroughbred horse racing permit.
WASHINGTON — Trial lawyers would have far less arbitration to deal with and more money in their pockets if legislation to get rid of arbitration in consumer contracts, which passed the U.S. House earlier this month with help from two Republicans, ever gets out of the Senate, opponents say.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has made good choices so far for the Florida judiciary, and the possible ascension of two state Supreme Court justices to the federal appeals bench is not real cause for concern, according to the local director of a national business group.
The National Council on Compensation Insurance has filed a recommendation to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, requesting a statewide decrease for workers’ compensation premiums, a move the National Federation of Independent Business believes is both a warning sign and an indicator of progress.
TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took the opportunity during release of a poll about how Florida's legal climate affects business in the state to say he's seen progress his first year in office but more works needs to be done.
WASHINGTON — The lone Republican supporter of legislation to get rid of arbitration in consumer contracts, which opponents say would create injustice and enrich class action attorneys, is urging Congress to send the bill to the President's desk, where he hopes it will be signed.
TALLAHASSEE — The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a proposed rate drop for workers' compensation rates with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation for the third year in a row.
TALLAHASSEE — As Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis accelerates his efforts toward additional assignment of benefits (AOB) reform, the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF) says it is on board with a renewed effort to overhaul the law relating to auto glass claims.
TALLAHASSEE — The recent landmark case in Oklahoma brought against Johnson & Johnson over prescription opioids that resulted in a $572 million judgment has caused some concerns among business organizations, including Florida's Chamber of Commerce, that fears the application of the public nuisance law could have a negative impact on businesses.
TALLAHASSEE -- Legal reform advocates, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will be pushing strongly to limit the amount of damages a personal injury victim can receive, the so-called "Truth in Damages," where a plaintiff can have their medical expenses calculated on billed prices.
MENLO PARK, Calif. – Florida has seen the largest number of employment lawsuits filed in the U.S. Southeast with the state's southern district seeing the most such cases compared to the other two districts, a California-based data research company analyst said during a recent interview.